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CNN
Sep 30, 2012 1:00pm PDT
sure to catch this first debate life here on cnn. >>> 37 days from election day and new allegations of voter registration fraud, the complaints center around registration drives in florida, nevada, north carolina and colorado. they were performed by a consulting political consulting company hired by the republican national committee called strategic allied consulting. in colorado, a woman who may have worked for the company was videotaped trying to register only mitt romney supporters, take a look. >> yeah, hi. >> do you volt for romneyor obama? >> i thought you were registering voters a minute ago. >> i am. >> and who are you registering? >> all voters. >> i'm actually trying to register people for a particular party because we're out here in support of romney actually. >> and who's paying you for this? >> let me see, we're working for the county clerk's office. >> you cannot come out here and register one party, lady, are you working for the county clerk's office, i got it all on tape. you're working for the county clerk's office? >> i believe so, yes. >> and you're only registeri
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 12:00pm EDT
. now, they -- those are the facts. the end result of all that was by the time we were elected they had in eight years doubled the national debt, that clock, doubled it and in addition to that they had the slowest job, private job growth since world war ii under this policy. and by the time the president sat down behind that famous desk the resolute in noble office within a week of sitting down our economists told us mr. president you're going to have to deal with a $1 trillion debt this year because there's nothing you can do about it. the budget was passed back october. and so ladies and gentlemen so much for their credibility on the debt, but what did it produce for us? it produced the great recession all these things they did in doubling national debt and these massive tax cuts that absolutely eviscerated the middle class. they say we urgently want to deal with it now. basically i think my opponent says something like, you know, i don't know, he said something about he was regrets -- i don't know. something he wibed he hadn't voted that way. okay. i don't want to miss -- i don't wan
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 11:00am EDT
lot easier to cast their ballots in the presidential elections and that's because the judge in the case has made a decision to actually reverse a decision he made before on that state's voter i.d. law. it was one of the strictest laws in the country and everyone wanted to know if it was going to go into effect before this election. republican supporters say this kind of law would stop voter fraud. democrats said not really that it would really just keep a lot of voters from being able to vote. real, legitimate citizens who maybe just don't happen to have an i.d., driver's license, or passport. joining me now is cnn crime and justice correspondent joe johns. so, joe, let's break this down. since this is breaking news and you know how it can go with legal decisions, they can be looked at a whole lot of different ways. this particular case, this judge had to look at not the constitutionality of voter i.d.s, he had to look at specifically whether the people of pennsylvania all had equal access to get i.d.s and get to the polls in time. and he's reversed himself from his earlier decisio
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 11:00am PDT
month and a day now, a month and a day until the election and, folks, we have a whole new conversation. >> this morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> the president and his supporters, they're basking in the glow of the government's monthly jobs report. it is unexpectedly good. the nation's rate of unemployment took three ticks downward, 7.8%, that is still high, yes, but it is not political poison as in 8% or above. september jobs creation hit six figures, 114,000, and this is pretty interesting here because as it often does, the labor department revised its find frgz the last two months. revised them way upward. its latest tally is at 142,000 new jobs in august. that is up from 96,000. and the new tally for july topped 180,000 new jobs. mitt romney, just like the president in virginia today as well, is saying the recent unemployment keeps dropping is that more and more americans have given up, given up finding work and they're not counted as unemployed. >> i'll tell you this, when i'm president of the unite
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 11:00am EDT
to get elected above 8%. >> ten years i've been saying this to people, stop using it, start talking about whether or not -- 114,000 jobs are created, those are jobs that were created. those are jobs created minus jobs lost. that's easy arithmetic that a second-grader can do. the unemployment rate is a little bit of a red herring, used as a political football, ing used again as a political football today. i find it much easier to understand the other numbers. >> i don't know if we have this graphic, i tried to make it up super, super fast. >> making your own graphics now. >> throwing my staff into total disarray. i'll hold it up, can you see it? >> that's great. very tv friendly, ashleigh. >> it speaks to your spoipoint. this is what i do when i have nothing else to do. i went back to 1936 and the jobless rate was 13.6% and the next time it was 14.6%. and then he brought it down to 8.2%, a heck of a turn. >> if it goes up, you think it is bad. if it goes down, you think it is good. any fool can tell you whether it is good or bad. >> ali velshi, thank you. >> i'm your fool today. >> c
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 11:00am PDT
debate here of this election season. and i want to go to chief white house correspondent jessica yellin in washington with me. we now know, jesse, the president is in nevada. romney also headed westward, so there is obviously a lot going into these debate preparations and i have to imagine that's not unusual whatsoever. >> no, it is not unusual. it is standard for the candidates to go into debate camp. that is especially true for a sitting president for whom it is tough to carve out time when he's in the white house. so leaving town is really the only way for a sitting president to do it. >> and, of course, we know mitt romney was, you know, working and what was it vermont or new hampshire during the dnc. he's been preparing as well. we have been talking over and over about the so-called expectations game where the romney folks try to, you know, make romney out to be the king kong of all debaters and when the romney folks talk, obama is suddenly superman. candy crowley has an interesting take on all of this. let's watch this together. >> reporter: apparently romney supporter and republi
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
the unemployment rate. one more jobs report until the election. >> okay. so the political implications of this already coming in. in fact, we just got an e-mail from conservatives. this is what they're saying, christine. conservatives are challenging the legitimacy of the labor department number. can someone explain how the jobs added up right where economists were projecting and yet the rate fell to below 8%? also jack welch, the former ge guy. >> yep. >> he's tweeting this morning and saying, unbelievable jobs numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate, so change numbers. i mean -- so is it possible the labor department is lying or has changed these numbers in some way? >> look, these numbers are often revised. usually when you have a vibrant growing jobs market a revision of 86,000 doesn't make any difference at all. you have much more jobs being created. we don't have that right now. in terms of why the two numbers are different, there are two different surveys the government does. hou household survey where they ask people wheer they're employed and a
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
badly in some of the swing states that will decide the presidential election. well, here is mitt romney, we have heard these words before, sounds as though he's downplaying expectations as they say. take a listen. >> people want to know who is going to win, who is going to score the punches and who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make and there is going to be all the scoring of winning and losing. >> so romney is saying, no, it is not about winning, not about losing, it is about america. but you have a lot of republicans, newt gingrich, for example, saying, hey, mitt romney, get out there, pick a fight, and win it. jim acosta with me now from the romney campaign. the debate, of course, tomorrow night in denver, you, sir, are in littleton, colorado. should we take mitt romney at face value when he says this debate is not about me winning? >> reporter: well, brooke, i think this is all part of the debate expectations game that has been going on for several days now. i think you also sort of heard mitt romney downplay some of the talk that has been goin
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 10:00pm PDT
is the choice we face in the election, and this is what the election comes down to, and i know you must be tired of hearing ads, but you will hear moreover the next six weeks, and over and over again, you will hear my opponents talking about how bigger tax cuts and fewer regulations and that's the way to go, and since government can't do anything, it should do almost nothing. if you can't afford health care, then hope you don't get sick is their theory. if you can't afford colleg borrow money from your parents. you know what? that's not who we are. i don't think government can solve all of our problems, but government is nothe source of all of our problems, either. there's stuff we can do together. instead of blaming, immigrants, unions or gays or somebody for what is going on, what we need to do is pull together. we're all in this together. we believe that america only works when we all accept responsibility for ourselves and for our each other. that's how we create -- >> mr. obama will be on the road through wednesday's first presidential debate. mitt romney heads to colorado tom
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
were he elected president to fix the economy. so that is basically the game plan from the romney campaign, do no harm and live to fight another day. >> it is interesting to say he's not looking for a knockout punch, that's apparently what shannon o'brien who was hoping to win that gubernatorial race in massachusetts back in 2002, that's what he said she was so good at. we're talking to her later. romney has been pretty -- he's been known to get forceful, jim, when he lets his dander up, if you will. let's look at a clip here from a debate, a year ago, this is romney, rick perry, mostly romney. roll it. >> the way the rules work here is i get 60 seconds, and you get -- and you get 30 seconds to respond, right? anderson -- would you please wait? are you just going to keep talking? >> yes. >> are you going to let me finish with what i have to say. >> remember that moment? i guess my question, having seen that back and forth, remember, you know, romney kind of getting into rick perry's face, can you be that aggressive toward the president of the united states? >> i don't think so, br
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >> you don't impress me, i don't need $3 million and my brother elected president will whop your -- >> and anti-hero was born and many believed the mafia killed hoffa and buried his body under the former giants' stadium until they eventually dug it up and built a new stadium, no body and no hoffa. they removed floorboards in 2002 to find traces of his blood, no go. in 2006, they raised a michigan horse barn, no hoffa. today, in roseville, michigan, police will dig up a riveway. >> kill the bill! kill the bill! >> hoffa's son, james, is now president of the international brotherhood of teamsters without connections to organized crime. still, he can't escape his father's notoriety. last year, he urged fellow union members to defeat tea party candidates. it was the way he said it that caused a firestorm. >> you know what, everybody here has to vote. if we go back and we keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son of a [ expletive ] back and get america back to where we belong. >> hoffa refused to apologize an his union is equally tough when it comes to jimmy hoffa's death. quote
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 2:00pm PDT
before the election. the federal judge sided with president obama's campaign and overturned a restriction on early voting that the state republicans had put in place. it would have limited the weekend voting to u.s. military families and people living overseas. >>> and a cap on what many are calling a dismal debate this week. more on the campaign rally. >> reporter: this is the president that most people agreed didn't show up on debate night. animated, forceful and taking shots at his gop opponent. >> governor romney said he would get rid of planned parenthood funding. apparently, this along with big bird is driving the deficits. >> reporter: the campaign rallies and the presidential debates are very different events, but the contrast in body language and the sales pitch is hard to overlook. zingers are back. >> my opponent is trying to do a two-step and re-position. and got an extreme makeover, governor romney was fact-checked by his own campaign. >> reporter: and so was talk about governor romney's mention of the 47% fundraiser, which never came up in the debate. >> we have
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 9:00am PDT
$300 million and my brother elected -- >> reporter: many failed attempts to find him, tips had him buried in cement near the end zone of old giant stadium. they looked for blood stains on the floor boards of an old detroit home. hoffa's middle name was riddle and so is trying to pinpoint why his fate captivates so many people. >> he was a negotiator and powerful and combined that with his mysterious disappearance and the connection with the underworld and the mob. >> reporter: so, now, the question is, will police crack this case or will it remain an unsolved mystery? susan candiotti, cnn, roseville, michigan. >>> more engine trouble for the boeing 787 dreamliner. federal plane inspectors have found a second engine problem on another dreamliner. the aircraft had not yet flown when investigators identified the trouble. the national transportation safety board says it is investigating the problems. >>> all right, today, a portion of one of the busiest freeways in america closed. motorists in los angeles are being advised to stay away one more time from a ten-mile stretch of the 405 t
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
high school and you're not in your best form and you lose it. doesn't mean you lose the election and the other guy is better. just means you danny show up that night and didn't do a good job. go back, look at the tape and practice hard and come back the next time and do a better job the next time. >> he let himself be interrupted. he didn't call out certain kinds of issues when mitt romney was able to walk through him and lay out a slew of stats. >> they widon't call what mitt was saying is facts. >> fact checkers hit both of them pried hard. charles, is this a question of the president who is trying to remain presidential and elegant and eloquent? that didn't work like, you know, like we heard. you got to bring your chain saw to this kind of thing. >> that seemed to be a strategy. kind of stay above the fray. look presidential and talk directly to the american people and don't get into a fight with mitt romney on stage. but you have to -- i think you have to be a little bit more nimble than that. if the moderator does not step in and say, mr. romney, that is just not true what y
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 11:00am EDT
process of preparing in just a moment. the debates and the election, of course, are serious. and that would be our first story. serious. until we discovered this video, stunning video shot from the helmet of a u.s. soldier, it seems like a video game. but this is not xbox which you're about to see. it is real. the pentagon is telling us it happened, it happened in afghanistan in april. afghanistan is a place we have not heard these candidates talk about much, have we? nothing from romney during the republican convention, very little from obama, especially at the u.n. this last week. the debates will likely be a different story because this weekend the death toll for americans in the war surpassed the 2000 mark. the soldier who made the helmet cam video suffered only minor wounds and has returned to duty. but it's amazing that he suffered only minor wounds when you see this incredible story. his fight to survive is gripping. take a look. >> fire! hey! i'm moving down! ah! ah! [ bleep ]! oh! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! ah! [ bleep ] help me! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 5:00pm EDT
cnn.com/election. everything i just showed you, i'm going to go tweet out right now as soon as i'm off the heir. >>> all right, you're in the newsroom. i'm fredericka whitfield. it is crunch time for the presidential candidate, president obama and mitt romney only have three days to prepare for their first debate. president obama will prepay in nevada. he already arrived there, he'll be holding an evening rally and then concentrate on preparing for wednesday night's showdown. so what is at stake in this first debate? athena jones takes a look. >> reporter: both the obama and romney campaigns are doing their best to lower expectations ahead of wednesday's debate. >> we have expected all along that governor romney will have a good night, he's prepared more than any candidate in history. >> president obama is a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years, he's an experienced debater, he's done these kinds of debates before, this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> romney -- the president was widely regarded as one of the most talented politica
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 9:00am PDT
, and now five weeks before the election he is saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> but he also showed flashes of the kind of testiness sources in both camps feared from their candidates, except obama's was directed at the moderator, not romney. >> the last point i would make before -- >> ten minutes is up, sir. >> i think -- i had five seconds before you interrupted me. was -- >> romney did have his own awkward moderator moment. >> i'm sorry, jim. i'm going to stop this subsidy to pbs. i'm going to stop other things, and i like pbs. i love big bird. i actually like you too. >> one of the most surprising parts of the president's performance was what he did not say. no mention of romney's infamous 47% remark, no talk about bain capital, nothing about romney's own taxes. he did play the romney is a hypocrite card when it comes to health care. >> the irony is that we've seen this model work really well in massachusetts because governor romney did a good thing working with democrats in the state to set up what is essentially the identical model and as a consequence people are c
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 2:00pm EDT
? >> exactly. i hope i have your vote in the election. >> one of those movies that on the one end does offer you all of the exhilaration of a banging action flick, but on the other hand, gives you something to think about. >> gosh, all grown up. got to get used to that. h how does he do in "looper" in your view? we see he's cute and clever in your interview, and then your tomato score. >> joe gor-love is fantastic in the movie. it's such a great concept, like this movie is definitely on par with sighi isci-fi films you lo because it has tons of explosions and action, but you actually care about what's happening and you can't really predict what's going to happen. imagine a future you could come back and kick young you in the soft parts for being a moron. that's just the beginning of how interesting this movie is. i loved it. i thought it catered to everybody. and the critics are agreeing because this movie is not only fresh. it's certified fresh at 93%. >> wow. and you love explosions and action in movies, which means movies that means you like this whole -- okay, bond, james bond. >> i do.
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 12:00pm EDT
, it's become a political football with the election just a month away, the labor department says 114,000 jobs were created in september with the unemployment rate coming in at 7.8% now. that's a drop of .3% from august. no spuurprise that in this seas there's different views of the same number. the chairman of economic advisers says friday's employment report provide further evidence that the u.s. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the great depression. jack welch tweeted this, unbelievable jobs numbers, these chicago guys will do anything, can't debate so change the numbers. and the partisan pushing continues this morning. >> on friday we learned that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since i took office. >> friday's jobs report shows america still desperately needs jobs. yet the president's central and sole proposal would mean fewer jobs. >> republicans in congress need to stop trying to relaxing fight the battles of the past few years and finally start doing something to actually help the middle class get ahead. >
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 12:00pm EDT
write in your blog the candidates who are funny in the debates tend to get elected. what do you think? either one of these guys going to get a laugh? >> i think they're going to try. i'll be honest with you. let's be honest, you don't need a political consultant to tell you, if you make people laugh, you're creating a bomb with them. you're getting an organic disorderly action. they're laughing and they're feeling more warm to you, and i think it's a thing that's overlooked by mft candidates. i think look at ronald reagan's joke. classic. he used it. he destroyed an issue and made himself more likable at the same time. >> do they need to go in with a strategy to be funny, because sometimes when you plan these things and you bomb, it looks even worse. >> i can tell you, i have told many jokes that have bombed in my career. i can assure you the audience gets angry, and they want their money back. i'm not giving it back. you know, you have to make it organic. you have to have some sense of comedy timing. use it at the right place. if you come out with a bunch of one-liners, it's not goin
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. >> you don't impress me. i don't need $300 million. and my brother elected president will [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: in 1975 he disappeared. an american anti-hero was born. many believe the mafia killed hoffa and buried his body under the former giants stadium until they eventually dug it up and built a new stadium. no body, no love amp in 2004, floorboards were removed from a detroit home to look for traces of hoffa's blood. no go. a haorse barn was razed -- no hoffa. his brother is a member of the international group of teamsters without a connection to crime. still, he can't escape his father's note right. he urged fellow members to defeat tea party candidates. it was the way he said it that caused a firestorm. >> you know what, everybody here's got a vote. if we go bad, we keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son of a [ bleep ] out and give america back to america where we belong! >> reporter: hoffa refused to apologize, and his union is equally tough when it comes to the latest clue in jimmy hoffa's death. "the hoffa family does not respond every time a tip is received
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 4:00am EDT
-- that perhaps should not be voting and the supervisors of elections are getting asked to go through those names. i tell you, lz is my friend and i respect him. i understand his passion. i love this country, too. but i also understand that the responsibility and right to vote belongs to u.s. citizens. i'm a naturalized one. it's one of the privileges. it's one of the duties that came along with me naturalizing. but i also understand that people who shouldn't be allowed to vote, should not be doing so. i do not agree that showing a picture id is such an onerous thing. i don't know what percentage is affected. i think we need to help the people. and i agree with lz that there is nothing worse than having to go to a dmv even when you do drive and need to go for purposes of getting a driver's license. that being said, we have to help people get ids if necessary. but we do have to all agree that the right to vote is precious. it's something that many people have fought for, have died for. and defending that right to vote means that we all have to agree. and i think we all do, that everybo
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
march to the presidential election just five weeks from today, a major weigh station could be tomorrow's presidential debate. for those minds already made up, two battlegrounds now in play. bellwether state of ohio, mobilizing supporters to seize an early lead there. and in florida, first absentee ballots hit the mail today. who will gain the advantage in tomorrow's presidential debate? despite days of intensive coaching and practice sessions, both candidates trying to appear loos loose. >> people want to know, who is going to win, who is going to score the punches, who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make, and all the scoring of winning and losing. you know, in my view, it's not so much winning and losing. >> basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. they're making me do my homework. >> that was the president at a polling station in nevada. he called some random voter and that's what he said. mark preston is in denver for the showdown. the quiet before the storm. right, mark? >> reporter: sure is, carol. you're right. the ca
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 6:00pm EDT
until election day president obama is out west. he landed in las vegas a little while ago where he's going to hold a rally later this evening. he'll be on the road through wednesday's presidential debate. >>> mitt romney is keeping a low profile this weekend. he went to church outside boston. he had no public events yesterday or today. he heads to colorado tomorrow where he'll hold a rally and continue his preparations for wednesday's showdown debate in denver. >>> meantime republican party officials cut ties with the consulting firm that florida election officials say turned in suspicious voter application forms. cnn's david mattingly has been investigating. what have you learned? >> this is florida. it's always close there. hugely important to both sides. we know it's going to be close this time. any time the topic of voter registration fraud comes up, it's going to get a lot of attention. strategic allied consulting was hired to register people to vote. that sounds pretty denine, like it wouldn't be a big problem. here is what happened. that company was fired last week by the repu
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 3:00pm EDT
grasp of president barack obama. 39 days until the election. pennsylvania is one of the states that is leaning toward the president, but romney is predicting an upset. >> i've got a little secret here, that is that obama campaign thinks that pennsylvania is in their pocket. they don't need to worry about it. and you're right and they're wrong. we're going to win pennsylvania, we're going to take the white house. >> well, wolf blitzer with us now. so, you know, from washington, wolf, we have seen romney confine his campaign to the nine battleground states. why is he now taking a shot at this state, pennsylvania, which clearly seems to be leaning obama? >> according to the public polls, obama is doing really well in pennsylvania. maybe he's got some private polls that he's doing inside his campaign that shows some other trends developing in pennsylvania. i haven't seen any public polls that would indicate he's got a shot in pennsylvania. i also haven't seen any indication that the romney campaign is spending any campaign money advertising in pennsylvania. if they are, it is really not
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 2:00pm EDT
massachusetts did something quite extraordinary, elected a republican senator to stop obama care, you pushed it through anyway. the so entirely on a partisan basis, instead of bringing america together and having a discussion on this important topic, you pushed through something that you thought was the best answer and drove it through. what we did in the legislature, 87% democrat, we worked together. 200 legislators, only 2 voted against the plan by the time we were finished. we didn't raise taxes. you raised them by a trillion under obama care. we didn't cut medicare. of course, we don't have medicare but we didn't cut medicare by $716 billion. we didn't put in place a board that can tell people ultimately what treatments they're going to receive. we didn't also do something that i think a number of people across this country recognize, which is put people in a position where they're going to lose the insurance they had and they wanted. right now the cbo says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as obama care goes into effect next year. and likewise a study of mcki
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 12:00pm EDT
>> can mitt romney and paul ryan count on your support this november election? excellent. and, would you be interested in voting early this election? >> reporter: karen is credited with making the iowa gops 1 millionth voter call this cycle. >> issues that matter to iowa. >> reporter: she's doing her part now as republicans play early voting catch. >> you know, we're working hard here, we're rolling up our sleeves and putting our boots on and we're going at it. so, we still have time. >> reporter: john king, cnn, iowa city, iowa. >>> and lots more ahead as "cnn newsroom" continues with fredricka whitfield. >> i can't believe it's under 40 days under election day. it went by like this, after all. >> i'm sure a lot of people are happy a about this. >> it's true, too. we'll elaborate on that later, too. good to see you, appreciate it. >>> for now, we'll begin with new information on an investigation into a decade's old mystery, the disappearance of former teamster's boss jimmy hoffa. crews digging under a michigan shed for his possible remains say they did not find any bones, but
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
going to do. so that's the choice we face in this election. what the election comes down to, and you are going to hear over the next two months, i know you must be tired of hearing hands, but you're going to hear more over the next two -- or the next six weeks, and over and over again you're going to hear my opponents talk about how bigger tax cuts, fewer regulations, that's the way to go. and since government can't do everything it should do almost nothing. they're making -- if you can't afford health care, then hope you don't get sick. if you can't afford college, borrow money from your parents. you know what? that's not who we are. i don't think government can solve all our problems but government's not the source of all our problems, either. there's some things we've got to do together. we -- instead of going around blaming somebody, unions or immigrants or gays or somebody, for what's going on, what we need to do is pull together. we're all in this together. we believe that america only works when we all accept responsibility for ourselves, and for each other. that's how we -- >
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 7:00pm EDT
ties with the consulting firm that florida election officials say turned in suspicious voter application forms. our cnn's dave mattingly has been investigating this story, and, david, what have you learned? we've heard this happening sometimes with the democrats. it's a little bit interesting that now it's the republicans who are having some questionable issues about registration. >> and we don't know how big or how small this is going to be, but it's in of all places florida, which all voting problems seem to come from at one time or another. a company, strategic allied con supplementing was hired by the republican party to register people to vote. that's something they do in every election. this particular company, one employee was fired after providing false signatures on some of these documents. so now officials in multiple counties in florida are looking into this. it's the ground zero for it seems to be in palm beach county, and the elections supervisor there has a stack of 106 ballots she's going to have to go through that the company provided for her associated with t
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 12:00pm EDT
international." i'm suzanne malveaux. here's what's happening right now. 32 days until the election, and now this. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> nation's unemployment rate has dropped now below 8% for the first time in almost four years. the labor department figures just out this morning show unemployment now at 7.8%. we're covering all the angles of our story. christine romans is live in new york. jessa yellin is in washington with the political impact, and richard quest joining us from london with the global perspective. want to go first to christine. let's zero in on the numbers and what it means here. 114,000 more people now going to work. what does it say about the state of the economy, and where the jobs are now? >> it says, quite frankly, suzanne, that you're seeing steady hiring. not robust hiring, but steady hiring, and when you look at the unemployment rate dropping to 7.8% we know that there are people who are getting part-time jobs. there are people who are starting their own companies or st
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 10:00am PDT
until the presidential election. both romney and mitt romney speaking at fundraisers today. romney held one earlier in philadelphia. the president has one later in washington. at a campaign rally last hour at a military acted any many pennsylvania romney hammered away at the president over the economy. >> i have to tell you that i don't know how a single person who goes to this institution could consider voting for the incumbent for president. i say that for this reason. if they want to go in the military, why, he is planning on cutting our military by about $1 trillion over the next decade. if they want to go on to either get a job directly or go on to a four-year college and come out with a gee, you know that 50% of kids coming out of college today can't find a job or a college level job. on both fronts, this president's policies have not worked for the young people of america. >> their first debate happens on wednesday. the romney team is downplaying expectations. romney advisor beth myers distributes this memo explaining why the president is probably going to do better. she say
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Oct 1, 2012 12:00pm EDT
pakistan's finest. >>> hugo chavez is campaigning for re-election, but he is taking some of his tactics a bit to the extreme, including the baby kissing. >> i thought that's really what i want to do. i want to go and see this for myself. >> he had the traffickers hold a fwun to your head. >> they want to take my money. >> young women sold into sexual slavery, but those women are now fighting back. the emotional stories behind a new documentary "half the sky." [ mujahid ] there was a little bit of trepidation, not quite knowing what the next phase was going to be, you know, because you been, you know, this is what you had been doing. you know, working, working, working, working, working, working. and now you're talking about, well you know, i won't be, and i get the chance to spend more time with my wife and my kids. it's my world. that's my world. ♪ boring. boring. [ jack ] after lauren broke up with me, i went to the citi private pass page and decided to be...not boring. that's how i met marilyn... giada... really good. yes! [ jack ] ...and alicia. ♪ this girl is on fire [
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Oct 3, 2012 9:00am EDT
sincere not some radical notion, even at the time. more importantly than that, this election -- i think the overwhelming evidence is that voters want this to be a forward-looking election. that's part of the problem that romney and the rks have had, they want it to be a retrospective referendum on the first term. the voters are looking to see who will be better for the next four years? that pattern seems kind of incredible. >> that said, i can't imagine that romney will bring this up overtly but could he subtly use this in the debate? >> reporter: i don't know. i honestly don't think he's going to go there himself. this is the kind of thing that happens by outside groups or outside activists and the reality is, this is an intensely racially polarized country. barack obama will probably win somewhere around the votes of 80% of all minority voters, growing share of the electorate, but only 40% of white voter. it will be a real challenge after this election to try to bring the country together to govern. he was the first candidate ever to lose white business double digits and win. there is
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